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What is an intervention when talking about Autism?
An intervention is any action – such as a treatment, a therapy or the provision of a service – which is designed to help people with autism, including people with autistic disorder, Asperger syndrome or Pervasive Developmental Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified.
There are thousands of different interventions designed to help people with autism, including applied behavioural analysis, drama therapy, gluten-free diet, Lego therapy, sensory integration training, snake oil, swimming with dolphins, and taking vitamin supplements.
What are interventions supposed to do?
It depends on who you ask. Different people make different claims for different interventions. But, in general, most interventions are designed to do one or more of the following:
increase adaptive behaviours, such as social skills, communication skills or imaginative behaviours.
reduce or eliminate problematic behaviours, such as self-harm or aggression towards others.
treat co-existing conditions, such as epilepsy or gastro-intestinal problems.
improve or enhance the quality of life of the person with autism.
Interventions: Treatments and therapies for autism
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